Jeffersontown, Kentucky - An Industrial Boomtown
Jeffersontown, Kentucky is a thriving community and prior to the consolidation of Louisville and Jefferson County in 2003, it was the largest city in Jefferson County outside of Louisville. Jeffersontown, also known as J-town, is home to the largest industrial area in Louisville, the Bluegrass Commerce Park. This industrial boom town takes in over 1,800 acres and houses over 850 businesses. It is highly likely that you know someone who works there, perhaps even yourself, as it is the third-largest city of employment in Kentucky with over 38,000 employees.
It is difficult to imagine that this booming community was a huge forest prior to 1770s. The only homesteaders at that time were deer, elk, wildcats, bears and wandering buffalo. It was an ideal hunting ground, but in 1790 settlers started traveling eastward from Louisville and came across these fertile lands. Seeing it as an ideal location to set up a settlement, in 1794 James Bruner did just that on 40 acres along a ridge, dubbing it Brunerstown. The city of Louisville’s Jefferson Court changed the name on May 3, 1797 to The Town of Jefferson, in honor of Vice-President Thomas Jefferson.
The community started growing and developed into a friendly village with dusty streets and stone sidewalks. Pioneer entrepreneurs started setting up shops and by the 1800’s a broken rock road called the Louisville and Taylorsville Pike replaced the dirt traveling paths. The year 1903 brought a depot by Southern Railroad deemed the Electric Railway which created a route from Louisville to Jeffersontown’s public square.
Taylorsville Road was widened in the 1950’s and the General Electric Appliance Park was opened, which brought a lot of new residents seeking work. Another decade later the interchange at I-64 and Hurstbourne Lane made downtown Louisville more easily accessible, and by 1972 the Bluegrass Commerce Park was constructed. That was followed shortly by residential developments of homes, apartments, stores and offices on what was once a 700 acre dairy farm.
It took over 200 years for Jeffersontown to evolve into its present condition, but now it is a community where businesses thrive and residents live comfortably. With multiple expressway access points it allows for convenient travel anywhere in Louisville and provides a variety of restaurants, shops, and employers. Overall, it’s a great place to call home and unlike the early settlers, current residents don’t have to worry about a bobcat running through their backyard.
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